Fire Update for Wednesday, August 25, 2021 Fire Information: 503-867-7924
Overall Objective: The Rough Patch Complex and Jack Fire are being managed under a full suppression strategy using containment and confinement tactics to minimize fire spread to prevent loss of valuable resources. Leaders’ intent is to not allow the fire to progress to the west and to protect private structures throughout the fire area by using the PACE model – Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency control Lines and to keep the fires as small as possible while working toward full containment.
The Devil’s Knob Complex is now under the management of the Southern Area Red Team – transfer of command from Great Basin Team 2 took place this morning at 6:00a.m.
Closures: Copies of all closures and maps can be found at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7758/.
Chaos and Little Bend Fires: Securing the west side of the Chaos is progressing well – burnout operations are complete on this flank of the fire and firefighters are focused on holding the fire in place to prevent spread to the west. The primary containment lines of these fires lay on the west and northwest flanks. Crews are working to the north from Canton Point through Shane Saddle and onto Bohemia Mountain to construct fire line to secure the Chaos fire from moving to the northwest. Additional work is being done on the southeast side of the Chaos fire to prevent the fire from moving south then to the west. On the Little Bend Fire, the west mid-section of the fire is contained and holding well. Containment lines are complete between the Chaos and the Little Bend Fire.
Jack and Buckhead Fires: The Jack Fire has containment lines that are holding on the west, north, and east flanks of the fires and these lines account for a large amount of containment of the fire. The Buckhead fire has burned into the Jack fire to the north - fire crews are patrolling these flanks and taking action to hold the lines as necessary. The southwest and south flanks of the fire are seeing moderate fire behavior – tactics on these flanks include direct dozer line, the construction of primary and alternate contingency lines using the road system, building and reinforcing contingency lines and conducting burnout operations as opportunities arise.
Near Minky Fire: This fire lays south of the Jack and Buckhead Fires. The east flank of the fire has been contained. The nearby Smith Fire that is part of the Devil’s Knob Complex is actively growing to the northeast into Ash Valley. Because of this, additional firefighting resources have been moved into Ash Valley to assist in containing the Smith Fire while looking for opportunities to construct containment lines for both the Smith and Near Minky Fires. This area is the focus area and priority for today’s firefighting operations. The Near Minky Fire is at 0% containment.
Weather: Winds over all the fires are predominately out of the northwest. As smoke clears, fire activity is expected to increase. Gust up to 15 mph can further promote fire spread. Afternoon relative humidity is expected to be in the mid- 20s to the upper 30s which will also promote elevated burning conditions.